because kicking the tires is more of the way i like approach markets if you're a trader and want to look at a position, you do a bunch of different analyses, you kick the tires, you look at what happens, for example, if you're in an equity position, rates move up, down, 50 basis points, option volatility, you kick the tires. when it comes to the fed, just consider as we get close to the senate confirmation of janet yellen, does it sound like rand paul is the most unpopular guy in america? because he wants to kick the tire. thursday, what we learned, at fed's balance sheet, 3.84 trillion with a "t," it's on its way to 4 trillion, record size. how many treasuries do they own? 2.1 trillion. how many mortgage backed securities?